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Related to latch on: latch onto
1. to attach oneself (to): to latch on to a new acquaintance.
2. to understand: he suddenly latched on to what they were up to.
3. US and Canadian to obtain; get
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|Verb||1.||latch on - take hold of or attach to; "The biochip latches onto the genes"|
|2.||latch on - adopt; "take up new ideas"|
|3.||latch on - understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"|
(= get hold) → sich festhalten; (with teeth) → sich festbeißen (→ to sth an etw dat); he latched on to the idea of coming with us → er hat es sich (dat) → in den Kopf gesetzt, mitzukommen
(= attach o.s.) → sich anschließen (→ to +dat); she latched on to me at the party → sie hängte sich auf der Party an mich (inf)
(= understand) → kapieren (inf)